the colonial theatre marquee

Illuminating Cinema


When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!

Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.

In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, and a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).

A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases. Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.

Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!

Illuminating Cinema: Casablanca

Sun., February 24, 2019

Directed by Michael Curtiz. US. 1942. NR. 1 hour 42 minutes. Warner. Digital.

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country. With its perfect blend of witty dialogue, superlative performances, and brilliant timing, Casablanca has earned its place as one of the . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Se7en

Fri., March 1, 2019

Directed by David Fincher. US. 1995. R. 2 hours 7 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and sadistic murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Unsettling and influential, director David Fincher’s blend of police procedural and horror features a superb . . .

Illuminating Cinema: The Hitch-Hiker

Sun., March 31, 2019

Directed by Ida Lupino. US. 1953. NR. 1 hour 11 minutes. Kino. Digital.

Ida Lupino had always disliked the superficially feminine roles she was often offered as a screen actress, yet it is surprising that the only female member of the Hollywood Director’s Guild in the early 1950s would make a film with no women in it at all. The plot of The Hitch-Hiker is simple: a gritty noir about a criminal (William Talman) who kidnaps two friends (Edmond O’Brien . . .

Coming Soon